Wayne State College
Honor Band

The Festival of Honor Bands: January 27, 2024

Audition due date is November 20, 2023.


The Festival of Honor Bands takes place the last Saturday of January each year and consists of multiple honor bands for high school and junior high (students in grades 6, 7, and 8) musicians. The bands are comprised of students from Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota who come together for a full day of rehearsals culminating in a late afternoon concert.

Audition Information

Students are selected on the basis of a recorded audition and given the opportunity to work with guest clinicians.

How to Audition

  1. Complete the online Honor Band application.
  2. Record the appropriate audition music as MP3, WAV, or MP4 file.
  3. Make each audition a separate file (scales/rudiments and etude in same file) and label as follows:
    Instrument-Student Name-School-JH or HS
  4. Email MP3, WAV, or MP4 files to Josh Calkin at [email protected].

Audition material due date is Nov. 20, 2023.

All recordings will be adjudicated. Results should be announced before the holiday break (via email).

Directors should expect music and further details of the Honor Band Festival just after the first of the year.

Audition Music

Scales: All high school auditions should begin with Concert C and A Flat scales throughout the individual's full range (including mallets). Please tongue eighth notes at m.m.=80.
Percussion: Snare drum auditions should begin with the single paradiddle. Timpani auditions should begin with a single stroke roll - open/closed/open (slow/fast/slow).

2024 High School Audition Music

Scales: All junior high auditions should begin with a chromatic scale throughout the individual's full range (including mallets). Please slur eighth notes at m.m.=60.
Percussion: Snare and timpani auditions should begin with a long roll - open/closed/open (slow/fast/slow).

2024 Junior High Audition Music


The audition fee for the WSC Honor Festival of Honor Bands is $5 per audition. Percussionists auditioning on multiple instruments only need to pay $5.

Registration fee for those that are selected will be $15 per person due by the day of the festival and will include lunch.

Checks should be made out to Wayne State College and sent to Lauren Rastede at 1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE 68787. It is imperative that checks clearly indicate “Audition Fee” or “Registration Fee." These fees cannot be combined.

Showcase your musical talent!

Honor Band auditions will be due Monday, November 20, 2023.

Festival Clinicians

Junior High Band – Dr. Randy Neuharth

High School Symphonic Band – Mr. Todd Cook

High School Wind Ensemble – Mr. Michael Genslinger, Wayne State College


Dr. Josh Calkin
Director of Bands
[email protected]

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Future Honor Band Dates

To be announced.